Bernardo takes Isabel's manuscript as if she were touching the Holy Supper's holy chalice.“Mrs. Freire... you already wrote your manuscript! How fast was that?”“I can't wait any longer, otherwise, life slips through my fingers.” Isabel talks like a poem.Maggie giggles, “None of that, Izzy, you'll live many years yet.”“God hear you.” Isabel looks anxiously at Bernardo, “I can see that my book will please.”Bernardo places the manuscript on his desk, “I will take care of this precious thing, Mrs. Freire.”Maggie wonders, “Are you gonna read it?”“Exactly. Our #1 female writer deserves the best treatment.” Bernardo grins.Maggie shrugs. She is very busy with the Maggiezine business.******At Simeon's house, William made the atmosphere so gloomy that Dora decided to turn off the radio.William continues to neigh, “Well then, Vera, pack your bags and stop sullying at my parents' house.”“And who says I'm soiling anything?” Vera retorts.“You haven't been bringing your ‘clients’ into m
Josias enters Rocha Constructions and finds Tiago and Alfred toasting cups of coffee in the kitchen.“Finally justice has been done!” Tiago proclaims, “Now our wives can rest easy!”“I don’t have a wife yet, but I share the same opinion!” Alfred adds mockingly.Josias is surprised, “Hey, what's going on here? What is the reason for the celebration?”Tiago turns to Josias, exulting, “Master! Didn't you listen to the radio? They arrested Mr. Vasconcelos!”Josias is not immediately excited. He pours himself a coffee, “I don't think he got arrested. What must have happened is that he was generously referred to the police station to provide clarification. A kind of preliminary hearing for the initial investigation. If they see that the imbecile has answered something worthwhile, they can temporarily detain him.”Alfred is dismayed, “What if the idiot manages to answer the questions in his favor? Are the police going to release him?”“Sadly, yes.” Josias takes a drink, “But how did they get
At the police station, Ivan loses his temper with Renan.He stands up sharply, “I've heard enough. Mr. Vasconcelos, you are entitled to a call. I suggest you call your lawyer.”Renan panics, “My lawyer? But why?”“You’ll need it. You are willingly admitting that you intended to withhold Miss Reis's freedom.”“Cut out ‘Miss Reis’, she’s not in the running for any beauty pageants! Although she deserved it, she is very beautiful and has a great guitar body!” Renan makes the ‘guitar’ gesture with both hands, “Anyway, she's Mrs. Vasconcelos!”“Do you have the marriage certificate for the two of you?” Ivan asks mockingly.“No, but we still need to get married. How are we going to get married if she stays away from me?”“Are you sure you are an industrialist?” Ivan scratches his head, confused, “You are looking very clumsy to me!”“Do not judge a book by its cover,” Renan utters the popular saying.The mention of ‘cover’ and ‘book’ reminds Ivan of Josias's biography, making the sergeant more
The following day, Tiago went to the police station to speak with Ivan Moraes on behalf of Josias.The officer received the oldest brother of the Bento family, interested in getting to know him.“Mr. Bento, welcome to my humble office.”Tiago looks around the room and sees the awards and recommendations of authorities, including a frame of the sergeant with the late Mayor Ibrahim. Humble?“Sergeant Moraes, I hope you don't expel me. I came to speak on behalf of Josias Rocha, my master.”Ivan breaks the smile at lightning speed, “My wife is not here.”“You’ll no longer have a wife if you continue with this uncontrollable jealousy!” Tiago asserts, “Will Lagoon City's justice be undermined because of this?”Ivan takes a deep breath and decides to be reasonable, “What does your 'master' want?”“First of all, to this day he has not been able to give testimony about the kidnapping of Vera Reis.” Tiago takes a deep breath, “He was a witness to what happened, along with Mr. Roberto Reis.”“I
At the police station, Ivan feels entitled to be insulted by Tiago punching his desk.“Beware of your fits, my lord! Do you want to spend the day in pre-trial detention?”“No, it was Renan Vasconcelos who should have been there!” Tiago roars, “What happened, how did he escape?”Ivan is at a loss to explain, “He didn't escape. He made the call he was entitled to... to Mayor Ibrahim.”“Did you mean Tobias Ibrahim? Because the son has nothing to do with the father!”“Don't let him hear you.” Ivan scoffs.“Don't make jokes, Sergeant! You made a big mistake!”“You mean the MAYOR made a big mistake?” Ivan distorts the matter.But Tiago doesn't fall for the linguistic trick, “I'm saying that Renan Vasconcelos is a dangerous man who doesn't deserve to be scot-free. Is the fact that he built a factory a reason for him to get away with it?”“We'll keep an eye on him, Mr. Bento. As the victim managed to escape from captivity but only gave us a phone call, there is no greater reason for him to be
In the Teodoro building, Vera trembles at the possibility of stating the police.“No, Beto, NO! I’ll never commit such an absurdity!”Beto grabs both of his younger sister's shoulders, “Why the hell are you thinking like that?”“It's just that I—” Vera is pale and eyes wide to the extreme, “I'm afraid!”Teresa does 'pfff' and starts laughing, “My dear, we are all afraid. You shouldn't be ashamed.”“No, you don't understand. I never know what Renan Vasconcelos really is. Like I said, he was a gentleman at first, he saved me from being raped every weekend after my dance routine... but then he turned around, and got it into his head that he owns me!”Beto shakes his head, “Vera, you never should have left in 1987. If you were someone else... why, my sister, why did you throw yourself into this wildlife?”“I don't know, Beto, I don't know!” Vera starts crying uncontrollably.Beto hugs her, “Come on, let's go to the police station right now and correct this mistake. It all depends on you.”
The biggest scandal takes place at the police station when Beto and the tenants continue to 'drive' Vera to the kidnapping division.Vera continues to struggle as if she's being dragged into a madhouse, “NO, LET ME GO FOR GOD'S SAKE!”Ivan comes out of his office, disgusted with the melodrama, “What's going on here?”Beto addresses him, “I need to speak with Sergeant Moraes or someone who was in charge of investigating Renan Vasconcelos.”Ivan takes a deep breath in boredom. He thought he got rid of this case, “Who referred me?”“Detective Amoreira said you had the hot potato.” Beto smiles.“Let go of me, Beto, I beg you!” Vera is already hoarse from screaming.But Beto continues, “Sergeant, this is my sister Vera Reis, the victim.”“The victim who just wanted to make a complaint over the phone, without providing more details that could help in the industrialist’s arrest?” Ivan asks this question which at the same time answers, “I can’t be blamed for the guy being on the loose.”Vera'
At Rocha Constructions, the new secretary gets up to take Josias's jacket.“Good day, sir. Was your expedition unsuccessful?”“Unfortunately, you can say that.” Josias grumbles, “Our mayor has his career in jeopardy because of a maniac. Is Tiago present?”As if arranged, Tiago, Wallace, and Uélton appear together.“I was asking about you, Tiago. Where were you?” Josias asks him.“Master, we better go to your room. You will need some chamomile tea.”“There's already that tea in the kitchen.” The secretary promptly leaves to fetch a cup.“Thank you, Pollyanna.” Tiago leads the visitors to the presidential room.The four gentlemen enter the enclosure, Wallace being the last to close the door.“What else happened, Tiago?” Josias asks in a distressed way, “Your countenance already betrays the next bad news.”“Master...” Tiago sits in the visitors' seat, “Melissa Mountain is in the hospital.”Josias widens his eyes to the fullest. Wallace realizes how his friend still cares about his ex-wif